Pathways and Achievement grant

Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant (AG)

This one-time, non-competitive $1500 grant is awarded to students from the 2005 grant GEAR UP participating high schools (see below) during their junior year. While students earn their award in the 11th grade, the money is held in an account and awarded upon request directly to the student’s post-secondary institution (any 2- or 4-year accredited college or university in the United States which awards an associate’s degree or higher) for up to 18 months after graduating from high school.

Congratulations to the 244 GEAR UP Juniors from 23 schools across the state who were awarded the $1,500 Achievement Grant this winter. These students will be eligible to apply for the Pathways Scholarship worth over $22,000 their senior year.  Click here for a list of the 2014-2015 Achievement Grant Recipient List


Achievement Grant Recipients, to request your award:
1.  Enroll at a qualifying campus.
2.  Print and fill out the Notice of Intent to Enroll Form.
3.  Mail the form with your final high school transcript to:

Montana GEAR UP Scholarship Department
Po Box 203101
Helena, MT 59620-3101

For questions, please contact the Montana GEAR UP Scholarship Department at 1-800-537-7508 or MTscholarships@montana.edu.

 

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Montana GEAR UP Pathways Scholarship

This a competitive scholarship currently valued at $22,920, or up to $5,730 per year for four years.  The scholarship may be used at any accredited 2- or 4- year institution in the United States which awards an associate degree or higher. The scholarship is open only to students who have earned the Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant as 11th grader,  who meet the Montana GEAR UP Pathways Scholarship eligibility requirements, and apply during their senior year of high school.  The scholarship is awarded based upon a variety of factors including financial need, academic preparation and performance, participation in extra-curricular activities, community service or volunteer projects, the quality of response on the written application, and the quality of the project. The scholarship may be awarded over a five-year period as long as the recipient continues to make satisfactory academic progress (as defined by their college or university), completes at least six credits per semester. 

Montana GEAR UP is now taking applications for the Pathways Scholarship at https://sfs.mus.edu. To apply for the Montana GEAR UP Pathways Scholarship, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Earned the Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant during the 2013-2014 school year while a junior at a 2005 grant GEAR UP high school
  • Be currently enrolled in a 2005 grant Montana GEAR UP school as a senior
  • Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Be on track to complete the MUS college preparatory curriculum upon graduation from high school as evidenced by your 7th semester high school transcript
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be Pell Grant eligible as evidenced by your Student Aid Report (SAR)*
  • Be a current Montana resident under the age of 20 as of April 30, 2015

*If your SAR is incomplete, incorrect, or may change for any reason, please apply by the deadline with the documentation you have.  Final eligibility will be determined prior to funds being sent to your campus

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If you have any questions regarding the Pathways Scholarship, please contact 1-800-537-7508.

PATHWAYS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPEINTS
TO REQUEST YOUR SCHOLARSHIP:
1. Fill out the 2014 Student Acceptance Form and submit to Katie Meier, College Access Manager.

2. Enroll at a qualifying college with at least six credits by the third academic semester following high school graduation.
3.  Be Pell Grant eligible for the first year you receive funds.
4.  Have at least $1 of unmet need as determined by the college.
5.  Print and fill out the Notice of Intent to Enroll in College Form.
6. Mail the form with your final high school transcript to:

Montana GEAR UP Scholarship Department
PO Box 203101 Helena, MT 59620-3101

For questions, please contact the Montana GEAR UP Scholarship Department at 1-800-537-7508 or MTscholarships@montana.edu.





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